Faculty Learning Community: Developing New Approaches to Feet and Leg Challenges in Food-Producing Animals.

The long-term goal of this program is to bring together research teams – representing a variety of animal species and disciplines – to explore approaches to address feet and leg abnormalities and lameness challenges in food-producing animals. Expected results include discoveries that can generate producer and system-wide cost savings and improved animal health, resulting in new business development opportunities. If interested in joining this community, please contact Kenneth Stalder at 515-294-4683 or at stalder@iastate.edu.

Faculty Learning Community: Mathematics and Deep Learning Collective.

The deep learning (DL) revolution is changing computational science and engineering in fundamental ways. This learning community aims to lead a timely effort in promoting deep learning research on the Iowa State campus, with the goal of advancing the field by developing mathematical foundations of deep learning through integrated research focused on core algorithmic and mathematical principles. If interested in joining this community, please contact Hailiang Liu at 515-294-0392 or at hliu@iastate.edu.

Faculty Learning Community: Autism Links.

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), announced that 1 out of every 54 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), an increase from previous data. There are six main areas of research into ASD, but work and synergy has remained largely siloed. The goal of this learning community is to enhance awareness and understanding of what each discipline brings to the table to ultimately deliver better outcomes for people with autism. If interested in joining this community, please contact Julie Irish at 515-294-8978 or at jenirish@iastate.edu.

Faculty Learning Community: Computational-Generative Modeling in the Creative Arts.

The goals of this learning community are to: 1) Advance novel methods of computationally generative ideation, modeling and composition; 2) Highlight the value of human judgement in such approaches; and 3) Discover significant extensions of these methods to research in the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. Ideally, the community will introduce and advance new practices in participants’ home disciplines while also encouraging the application of these practices to other fields. If interested in joining this community, please contact Christopher Hopkins at 515-294-0396 or at hopkinsc@iastate.edu, or Maurice Meilleur at meilleur@iastate.edu.

Faculty Learning Community: Harnessing the Data Revolution for Sustainable Agriculture and the Food Systems: Community Scholars Collaborative on Innovation in Data-drivEn Agricultural Systems (IDEAS) Research.

The goals of this IDEAS learning community are to increase coordination and collaboration among Iowa State faculty and researchers who are interested in data science and data analytics and food and agricultural research. Among other things, this project will provide the basis for developing collaborative intellectual activities that lead to new research synergies among participants. If interested in joining this community, please contact U. Sunday Tim at 515-294-4246 or at tim@iastate.edu.